Barbara Klunder: Selected Works (2020)
10 x 8 ¼ inches
hardcover, 80 pages
The first edition is nearly sold out, and the second edition will be available in March.
Barbara Klunder began this book for her grandchildren who live in Berlin, as a way of telling her story of being an artist. Fourteen chapters separated by medium outline a wide range of her favourite pieces from her early work at OCA to the present, spanning 55 years. Selected Works (2020) also became a record of music and theatre events along Queen Street West, including the legendary BamBoo Club, as well as all of her gallery exhibitions.
Barbara Klunder was born in Toronto and grew up in an artistic household, which was her basic education, and attended Ontario College of Art 1965-66. She started doing illustration at the age of 17 (for the Globe and Mail) and continued as a freelance illustrator/designer.
At the age of 28 she started designing hand-knit sweaters, launching them in New York with the help of Vogue Magazine. Both the sweaters and her subsequent rug designs used her skills as an illustrator and designer as she discovered the possibilities of textile and fibre. She participated in a show in 1991 at the Textile Musem of Canada of 14 very large hand-hooked rugs from makers around the world. Gradually her interests grew into making conceptual pieces that had ‘commentary’ built into them. 27 Downsized Purses was a collection (that eventually became a solo show at the Canadian Craft Museum in 1996) of small purses made out of a variety of materials from nature (birchbark, pine cones, wood), with embroidery, knitting, and rug hooking. Music is a recurring theme in her graphic work over the years, having done the posters for both Vancouver and Toronto Jazz Festivals for twelve years, among other musical event posters.
Barbara has lived on Toronto Island for the past 20 years, but now finds herself in downtown Toronto. She has been teaching Drawing and Painting at the Art Gallery of Ontario for the past few years, and is asked annually to lecture at many art colleges and craft guilds in the Toronto region. She is also asked to be on many juries, from National Magazine Awards to contemporary art competitions.